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Catholics in the Public Square: The 2016 Elections

COLCHESTER—There will be a presentation on Catholics in the Public Square: The 2016 Elections on Monday, Oct. 3, at 4:30 p.m. in the Roy Room of the Dion Family Center at St. Michael’s College.

“The Duty to Vote and Imperfect Candidates” will be presented by Teresa Stanton Collett, professor of law at St. Thomas University School of Law. She is a scholar and speaker on the topics of marriage, religion and bioethics. She is the author of three books, including Rediscovering Self-Evident Truths: Catholic Perspectives on American Law, and more than 50 articles in law journals. 

Collett has testified before committees in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and has provided numerous testimonies before legislative committees in seven states.

The event is free and open to the public.

It is sponsored by the Edmundite Center for Faith and Culture.

For more information, contact Dr. Edward Mahoney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 802-654-2578.
 

Women's Retreat

BURLINGTON--The Sisters of Mercy are offering a one-day Women's Retreat on Saturday, Oct. 1 at Mount St. Mary, 100 Mansfield Ave.

Theme of the retreat is "Becoming Peace in a Violent World” and will be directed by Sister of Mercy Julia Werner.

The cost of the retreat is $35. 

Check-in and gathering time is from 8-9 a.m., and the retreat ends at 3:30 p.m. 

Bring a bag lunch; snacks and beverages will be available throughout the day.

To register, call 802-658-5494 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 

VT Christian Rock-Toberfest

BURLINGTON—The VT Christian Rock-Toberfest will take place Saturday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. at the North Avenue Alliance Church. 

This year’s VT Christian Rock-Toberfest will feature 3-time Dove Award winner Chris August who has a new single, "Roots.” He also will be performing favorites like "Starry Night," “7x70” and "The Maker."   

Jonny Diaz is well known for his previous #1 single, "More Beautiful You" and his current radio hit single "Breathe."

A new and upcoming young artist from Wyoming, Skylar Kaylyn, will join these artists. She has opened for bands like Citizen Way and Unspoken. She describes her music as a mix between Colbie Caillat and Taylor Swift with hints of Francesca Battistelli and Jamie Grace.

Learn more, hear their music and get tickets at www.VTChristianMusic.com.
 

Beginning Genealogy          

COLCHESTER—There will be a Beginning Genealogy class on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Vermont Genealogy Library.

Sheila Morris will discuss records, methods and best practices for conducting sound genealogical research. She will also share strategies on how to organize the information you find.

Bring as much information as you can about your grandparents; births, marriages, deaths and where they lived. 

After the talk volunteers can help you begin using the library’s resources.     Classes take place at the Vermont Genealogy Library on Hegeman Avenue, Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, across from the state police building. 

Classes are from 10:30 a.m.-noon and are $5.

For more information, go to www.vtgenlib.org or call 802-310-9285.
 

Catholics in the Public Square: The 2016 Elections

COLCHESTER--There will be a presentation on Catholics in the Public Square: The 2016 Elections on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall of McCarthy Arts Center at St. Michael’s College.

“Allowing the Gospels to Transform our Politics Rather than our Politics the Gospels” will be presented by Eli S. McCarthy, adjunct professor in the Peace and Justice Program in the Berkley Center for Religion, Justice and Peace at Georgetown University. He also directs the Justice and Peace program for the Conference of Major Superiors of Men and is a regular participant in federal policy coalitions. He is the author of Becoming Nonviolent Peacemakers: A Virtue Ethic for Catholic Social Teaching and US Policy and was a non-partisan monitor of the Palestinian elections in 2006. 

The event is free and open to the public.

It is sponsored by the Edmundite Center for Faith and Culture.

For more information, contact Dr. Edward Mahoney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 802-654-2578.


DNA Ethnicity Maps  

COLCHESTER—There will be a class on Understanding and Using DNA Ethnicity Maps on Sept. 24 at the Vermont Genealogy Library.

Ethnicity maps showing the origins of a person's ancestors are easy to understand, but there are details that limit their value.  

Ed McGuire will identify the valid applications for your research and details that limit accuracy. He'll provide examples comparing results from each company. If you want to know whose ethnicity test is best, or if you wonder why you can't find a trace of a certain ancestor, then this talk will be helpful.

Classes take place at the Vermont Genealogy Library on Hegeman Avenue, Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, across from the state police building. 

Classes are from 10:30 a.m.-noon and are $5.

For more information, go to www.vtgenlib.org or call 802-310-9285.
 

Genealogy program

COLCHESTER--Using Grand Army of the Republic Records for Genealogy is the topic of an Oct. 1 class at the Vermont Genealogy Library.

After the Civil War organizations formed to honor veterans and record the histories of their units.  The Grand Army of the Republic was founded in 1866. By 1890 it had 409,489 members. 

Author Liam McCone will describe the formation of the GAR, its mission, history and its records. His talk will also discuss the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

Join us and discover what records exist and how they may help you research your Civil War ancestors.

Classes take place at the Vermont Genealogy Library on Hegeman Avenue, Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, across from the state police building. 

Classes are from 10:30 a.m.-noon and are $5.

For more information, go to www.vtgenlib.org or call 802-310-9285.
 

Military medals program

COLCHESTER—“Purple Hearts Reunited: How Military Medals Find a Home” is the topic of an Oct. 8 class at the Vermont Genealogy Library.

Purple Hearts Reunited was established in Vermont with the goal of returning lost or stolen medals to veterans and military families. Capt. Zachariah Fike, the founder, will discuss how the program began and how he conducts his research. 

Fike will take participants through several successful cases that resulted in a "Return Ceremony.”

Classes take place at the Vermont Genealogy Library on Hegeman Avenue, Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, across from the state police building. 

Classes are from 10:30 a.m.-noon and are $5.

For more information, go to www.vtgenlib.org or call 802-310-9285.
 

Chittenden County Right to Life Dinner and Auction

SOUTH BURLINGTON—The 20th annual Chittenden County Right to Life Dinner and Auction will take place Saturday, Sept. 24, at St John Vianney Community Hall from 5:30-9 p.m.

The price is $13 per person, and the menu includes roast beef, vegetables, salad, rolls, dessert and beverages.

Reservations are required.

New auction items or cash contributions are appreciated.

For more information or to make a donation, call Eileen Haupt at 802-899-4882.
 

40 Days for Life 

ESSEX JUNCTION—On Wednesday, Sept. 28, 40 Days for Life Williston will have a kickoff rally at 75 Talcott Road, Williston, at 5 p.m. There will be a dinner at Holy Family Parish Hall in Essex Junction at 6:30. 

The speaker will be Eleanor McCullen, a longtime pro-life supporter from the Boston area with extensive experience praying at abortion clinics. 

For more information call Agnes Clift at 802-310-9520.
 

Fall Youth rallies

BURLINGTON--Cooper Ray will be featured at the Diocese of Burlington’s fall “Mercy Lives – Live Mercy” youth rallies. 

The high school rally will take place Oct. 15 from 4-8:30 p.m. at Christ the King Parish in Burlington. It will include Sunday Vigil Mass, inspiring talks and games. 

The middle school rally there is Oct. 16 from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The day will include Sunday Mass, inspiring talks and games.

The cost is $15 per person. 

For more information call 658-6110 ext. 1240.
 

Prayer to end abortion 

From Sept. 28-Nov. 6 40 Days for Life will take place. It is an annual nondenominational, 40 days of prayer to end abortion. 

Participants from faith communities throughout Vermont will conduct peaceful vigils in front of the Planned Parenthood clinics in two locations. One is at 75 Talcott Road, Williston, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call Agnes Clift for information at 802-310-9520.

The other is a 6 Roberts Ave., Rutland. The contact is Delia Warnecke at 802-287-0354.

Sign up for vigil hours online at 40daysforlife.com.
 

‘United for Life’

WILLISTON—On Saturday, Oct. 1, the 40 Days for Life “United for Life” National Team Rally will take place at noon at 75 Talcott Road.
 

Respect Life Sunday Masses, Life Chain

On Sunday, Oct. 2, Respect Life Sunday Masses will be offered in recognition of the sanctity of all human life. 

Life Chain, a 1-hour, interfaith silent witness calling for an end to abortion, will take place in several Vermont communities: 

Burlington, from 2-3 p.m. on Main Street, beginning at the intersection with South Union Street. Contact Ethel Brousseau for more information at 893-1168  

Montpelier at 2 p.m. in front of the Statehouse. Contact Brenda Pepin at 229-9338. 
Newport at 2 p.m. at 100 Main St. Contact Jeannine Young by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 

Marriage Enrichment Retreat

ESSEX JUNCTION—There will be a Marriage Enrichment Retreat in six sessions -- Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 22, Nov. 5, Nov. 19 and Dec. 3 – at Holy Family Parish Center from 7-8:30 p.m.

This is for couples of all ages. Explore the mystery, wonder, joy, and the meaning of this beautiful sacrament with your spouse. 

This retreat is based on the video series “Beloved” from the Augustine Institute. 

For more information, contact Judy Kanya at 802-878-6152 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 

Prayer for Healing and Hope 

BURLINGTON—On Sunday, Oct. 9, there will be an Afternoon of Prayer for Healing and Hope at the Catholic Center Chapel at the University of Vermont from 1-3 p.m.

This will be an opportunity to pray for those who have been wounded by abortion and to hear about God’s peace and healing offered through the Catholic Church’s Project Rachel Ministry. 

There will be opportunities for reflection and confession along with Adoration in the chapel. 

For more information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 802- 658-6110, ext. 1131. 

The Project Rachel Ministry will host the event.
 

Program on the Mass

ESSEX JUNCTION--“The Mass in Time:  Three reflections on how we got from the Last Supper to our own Sunday Mass” will be presented at Holy Family Church.

These reflections will focus how the Mass has moved through time, from its New Testament roots and its earliest development from them, through its shaping in the faith and piety of the Middle Ages, to the contemporary celebration.  

The titles for each presentation are taken from a Eucharistic hymn familiar to many Catholics (particularly from its use in the Liturgy of Holy Thursday and in Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament). 
  • Oct. 3: “Over ancient forms departing / Newer rites of grace prevail.”  Last Supper to Lord’s Supper to Eucharist: New Testament Roots and What Grew from Them.
  • Oct. 10: “Down in adoration falling / Lo! the sacred Host we hail.”  Eucharist to Mass to Blessed Sacrament.
  • Oct. 17: “Faith for all defects supplying / Where the feeble senses fail.”  What should our own Sunday experience be, and how do we get there (without fighting)?

Each program begins at 7 p.m.
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